• Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Jazz Piano/Improv
Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Jazz Piano


Office: MEY 109


New York based pianist, composer, and educator Jarrett Cherner loves both music and teaching, and his professional life has always embraced them both. After completing his undergraduate work at Tufts University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and the New England Conservatory of Music, Jarrett moved to San Francisco where he quicklly gained a reputation as "one of the most exciting young pianist-composers on the Bay Area scene" (San Jose Mercury News), as well as an sought-after educator, teaching at the San Jose Summer Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley Jazzschool's Summer Youth Program, and maintaining a small private studio. In 2010 Jarrett earned a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and he continues to perform and teach in New York City. He has toured throughout the U.S. as well as in South America, Canada, and Europe, both leading his own trio and working as a sideman. His debut album as a leader, Burgeoning (2006), earned him recognitition from the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and critics alike. Two albums released with the collective quintet Sketches (sketchesmusic.com), Volume One (2013) & Volume Two (2014), received similar acclaim, with critics calling him "an impressive soloist and an immaculate accompanist” (StepTempest). His most recent release is Expanding Heart (2016). More info at www.jarrettcherner.com.


M.M., Jazz Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 2010

U.D., Jazz Piano Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 2004

B.S., Mathematics, Tufts University, 2003, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Course Information

MUS 284 B Jazz Piano/Improvisation

MUS 156/256 Jazz Chamber Ensmble

MUS 175 Jazz Theory & Improvisation